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Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

Portland Springers Are Here!

4 nice Spring Chinook salmon.

*Update* 2024 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season extended through April 11th The flowering cherry trees that line Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park are in full bloom. To many, that is a sign that spring has come to Portland. The Spring Chinook Salmon, known as Springers, are arriving as well. These local favorites are stunning, […]

Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon Seasons

4 happy guys with their Columbia River keeper sturgeon

2024 UPDATE: Current Columbia River Sturgeon Fishing Sturgeon retention on the Columbia River will wrap up on March 14th, 2024. We had a few days of retention in the Dalles Pool and John Day Pool that some anglers enjoyed, but we don’t need retention days to chase sturgeon! In fact, the first half of the […]

2024 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

A lady holding a nice spring chinook

2024 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set From March 1st – April 5th, the Columbia River will be open for Spring Chinook fishing from the Buoy 10 line in Astoria upstream to Beacon Rock. With the Cowlitz and Lewis River returns similar to last year’s, we’ll be able to fish in the Warrior Rock […]

2024 Columbia River Salmon Fishing Forecast – Spring and Summer

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

In the first of many forecasts to come over the next couple months, the 2024 Columbia River salmon fishing preseason forecast for Spring and Summer have been released by ODFW. The preliminary numbers for the 2024 run are similar to 2023 actual returns, with the Spring Chinook numbers just over 200,000 and Summer Sockeye numbers […]

Columbia River Fall Fishing

5 happy guys holding up their Columbia River fall salmon caught in Astoria, Oregon.

Fall salmon fishing on the Columbia River keeps getting better. We have fish throughout the river right now, giving us opportunities for anglers of all ages and abilities. Columbia River Gorge Fall Salmon The Columbia River Gorge provides some nice Fall Salmon opportunities near the mouth of the Deschutes River and the mouth of Klickitat […]

Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing Continues

Lance and a happy customer showing off their native Chinook salmon caught at the Buoy 10 fishery.

Buoy 10 Update August 7th, 2023 – Chinook retention reopens tomorrow, September 8th, at the Buoy 10 fishery, and it’s not just open. It’s wide open! For the rest of the Buoy 10 season on the Columbia River, we can retain both hatchery and native Chinook as well as hatchery Coho salmon. We currently have […]

Final Countdown to Buoy 10 Fishing

Grandpa and granddaughters with Buoy 10 Salmon

It’s the final countdown to the Buoy 10 Salmon Season on the Columbia River, and we can’t wait to see what the 2023 season has in store for us. We’ve been looking forward to this popular fishery for months, and the time is finally here! The river opens for fall salmon fishing on Monday, August […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing – Tarpon of the Northwest

A nice big sturgeon from the Astoria estuary on the Columbia River

*July 2023 Update* Now through the first week of August may see some of the most action-packed days of sturgeon fishing of the year. We have three more weeks of Trophy Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River in Astoria before we switch completely over to fall salmon fishing at Buoy 10.  Over the weekend we […]

Columbia River Spring Chinook Update

Spring Chinook caught on the Columbia River.

ODFW has just announced the closing of Spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia River. The original season was extended twice before being closed on May 31st, and we’re always appreciative of more water to fish. We’ll continue to fish for Chinook on the Willamette River, which offers some of the best Springer fishing in the […]

Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

3 guys and a gal with their Buoy 10 salmon

This is the time of year when Buoy 10 Salmon and ocean abundance numbers for Astoria begin to get tossed around in the Buoy 10 forecast. While numbers aren’t official, I’m hearing some really good things for this year’s possibilities. Like, REALLY good things. Chinook Salmon I’ll start with Chinook. We’re looking at a Preliminary […]